The long road back for Brodsworth

BRODSWORTH Welfare AFC are hoping to make their centenary season one to remember after a couple of years to forget.

Plunged into financial crisis, the club was forced to withdraw from the Northern Counties East League last summer.

But after a season of consolidation in the Doncaster and District Senior League, efforts are being made to return the club to its former glory.

The quest for a return to the NCEL will begin next season with Brodsworth accepted into the Central Midlands League which is a direct feeder competition.

With plenty of events planned to celebrate the club’s centenary also, it is an exciting time according to official Barrie Abbott.

He said: “There’s so many things going on down here, it’s a great and exhausting time to be involved.

“This club has been through some dark times but the future looks really bright.

“We’re not only trying to get back where we belong, we’re also building strong foundations for the future as well.”

Brodsworth have fielded an Under 19s side in the Northern Alliance League for the past few seasons and several of its number will now graduate into a new academy team which will play in the Doncaster Senior League.

And final plans are being formulated to field an Under 13 side in the Doncaster and District Junior Sunday League next season.

Following an arson attack on the club’s facilities last summer, a new £80,000 canteen and hospitality facility has been constructed which it is hoped will provide a solid financial base for the club.

There is a determination from all at the club to make a strong go at the second chance.

Abbott said: “We have much better co-operation with the Welfare Club and we’re really close with the local cricket club because several of us are members of both.

“It was the Welfare Club who told the old committee to withdraw from the NCEL because of the nearly £4000 worth of debt that had been accrued.

“Because they can see we’re going about things the right way they’re really keen to help us out.

“There’s only one person from the old committee still with us and we’re a tight knit group of six.

“With the cricket club it’s just common sense nowadays.

“Why have two of everything when you’re just a couple of hundred yards apart.”

On field, Brodsworth are on course to finish in the upper reaches of the Premier Division.

Abbott said: “We’ve done pretty well this season but we ended up with virtually a ready-made team when Daz Cooke joined us as manager.

“He was with Adwick Park Rangers and he brought quite a few lads with him and they were a pretty decent side.

“We’re hoping to get a few new faces in over the summer to get us ready for the step up to the Central Midlands League level but we’ve got a good base already.”

Brodsworth are on the look out for a new club secretary as well as new players.

Anyone interested in a position at the club should contact Barrie Abbott on 07702910346.